Top 5 Jobs After the Military

jobs after the military

Military personnel put a lot of effort into being the BEST OF THE BEST. They go through a lot of training to gain the skills they need to accomplish their missions, and many of these skills translate to civilian occupations. The trick is knowing which jobs are best suited for veterans and also knowing how to market yourself. So what’s out there in the job market and what does it pay? Here are the top five jobs after the military according to salary and stability.


1.  Operations or Intelligence Analyst – Median Pay is $65,332 and the top earners are making $100,071.  Your security clearance is the golden ticket to a job with a defense contractor. Having skills in geospatial intelligence or knowing Russian can also help you earn a higher pay when you enter this profession. Intelligence and operations offer a diverse set of opportunities – you could even score an international job if you prefer to travel abroad. The 10-year job growth percent is at 30 percent.

2.  Network Manager – Median pay is $85,492 and the top earners are making $123,766.  You might manage network security systems or work on development, installation, and modification of computer operating systems. Or you might deal with security and telecommunications issues. Almost every industry has jobs to fill. Storage area networking and project management are great skills to have entering this profession. The 10-year job growth is at 8 percent.

3.  Field Service Engineer – Median pay is $64,410 and the top earners are making $87,157. You’ll install, fix, and maintain equipment at sites around the country as well as repair and replace parts. You might also train others. You can work on just about anything that goes into a building or factory. Some skills that can bump up your salary include project management and systems troubleshooting. The 10-year job growth is at 8 percent.

4.  Operations Manager – Median pay is $60,904 and the top earners are making $97,901.  Logistics is a natural for vets, who have a good understanding of supply-chain procedures. There’s a broad range of work choices from warehouses to ports to shipping company hubs. You’ll monitor quality, cost, and efficiency of moving goods from place to place and negotiate with customers and suppliers. Budget management and project management are great skills to have in order to bump up your salary.  The 10-year job growth is at 36 percent.

5.  Training Manager – Median pay is $66,897 and the top earners are making $100,877.  You’ve done this before, leading enlisted personnel through training and team building exercises. Technical trainers focus on equipment and computers. Business trainers touch on everything from procedures to branding. In addition to classroom work, you’ll design and implement programs, as well as research new training techniques. Good skills to have include articulate e-learning software and training program development. The 10-year job growth is at 26 percent.

Every one of these jobs pays above the national average for household income and gets a B+ rating for stability. Every veteran should love what they do and enjoy coming to work every day. The jobs listed above are the perfect fit for many veterans, and one of them could be perfect for you. Hard work and being personable go a long way in job interviews, and remember that since employers select the best candidate for the job, you should work hard to be that person. The best of the best!

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Veterans Online Job Fair

You don’t have to be technically savvy to benefit from the job-seeker-giant Monster’s upcoming Veterans Virtual Career Fair (VCF). Figuring out the next thing is always relevant and this online forum is a place where many companies looking to hire experience are matched up with those looking to find a good career.

As one of the nation’s largest employment facilitators, Monster is well qualified and well equipped to put you in touch with an employer that is looking for the skills and knowledge that you may have acquired in your military experience. It costs nothing to register and you might just be surprised at what is available to you. Certainly it is worth the effort to take a look at.

The VCF will be held from August 27th-29th and, as I stated is free to the veteran community. (Did I mention this doesn’t cost you anything to register?!!) I little faith on your part could kick start a new  career by helping you find your next job at this virtual event.

Register and Submit Your Resume

You can register now for the VCF and complete your resume and profile, which can then be used to connect with employers when the fair begins. As someone who has made a career out of writing, my advice to you is to go over your resume carefully. Check grammar and spelling. Make sure you represent your experience properly. There are plenty of places online that can help with that. I ran across this thread on the National Guard website, which has some good resume advice:

Pre-registration allows you to create a profile and upload your resume before the fair begins. Features such as accessing e-Stands, completing compatibility tests, leaving your resume, and applying for jobs will become available as soon as the fair starts.

The way I see it, you really have everything to gain here and nothing to lose. The VCF is an opportunity to fast track your military experience to a civilian career. At the Veterans Virtual Career Fair you will be able to communicate and engage with exhibitors and attendees in a collaborative virtual environment.

If you have questions about the VCF, you can email your questions to the sponsor, Monster, at

Computer Requirements

There are minimum requirements for your computer as well. If your computer is pretty old and running lousy, it might be worth spending a few bucks to have someone go through it, clean it up, upgrade it if needed, and make sure current versions of a couple of web browsers are on it. I’d be really careful here. You can get a completely new computer for $400 and so you don’t want to go spending a lot of money. A RAM upgrade is pretty cheap and updated browser versions are free for downloading.

The following browsers are compatible with the Virtual Career Fair technology:

    • Internet Explorer 7 or higher
    • Firefox 3.6 or higher
    • Safari 5 or higher
    • Chrome 6 or higher

If you aren’t sure which browser to use, the Firefox or Chrome options should not disappoint you. The Virtual Fair also requires Flash player version or higher. The required Flash movie version is bundled with these updated browsers. Browsers types not mentioned in the above list, or versions lower than what is specified above, are not compatible and may experience loading issues.

Good luck with the job search and happy job hunting!

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